Joy Newton is a nationally published artist who grew up immersed in the world of plants. Her father was an avid plant collector. His background in science, combined with her mother’s love and appreciation for nature, led her to The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Parsons School of Design in New York City. She continued her illustration studies at the Smithsonian’s museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. and then became a contributing artist for National Geographic. She lives in an 18th century Connecticut farmhouse surrounded by beautiful gardens and exterior spaces which she lovingly created. As New England winters set in and the gardens slept, Joy looked for ways to bring the beauty of nature indoors. It was here in 1998, that Joy Newton Designs was born and became a full time venture in 2005. Her studio, a converted barn and carriage house are home to her designs.
Most of the plant specimens used in Joy’s botanical illustrations were selected from the gardens surrounding her antique farmhouse, where she nurtures each plant with great care for the enjoyment of her family, friends and visitors. Other specimens come from familiar places, fondly remembered. As she works on each illustration, she brings to it her intention of creating a lasting image of the beauty of the specimen, to capture its essence, brilliance and singular form.
About her Collections
Each illustration is meticulously reproduced using the finest American and European pigments available. Her extensive fine art education enables her to bring these plants to life using colors running the full range from classic earth pigments to historical mineral colors.
Joy’s decorative art grows from a combination of her training in scientific illustration, which ensures a faithful rendering of the natural subject, employing a sense of light and color that gives great depth and dimension.
Her ever expanding collections include At the Table, Greeting Cards, Prints, Glass Paperweights and a line of Jewelry. Her designs are made using the finest quality materials available of imported terra-cotta, glass, sterling silver and lead crystal. Her products are sold by many stores, museums, botanical gardens, garden center boutiques and more. Many collectors prize her designs. They are also available on her website or at special exhibits.
She lives in the Farmington River Valley of Connecticut where she continues to brighten our lives with her botanical art.
Contact Joy Newton
Joy Newton Designs
Post Office Box
16 West Granby, CT 06090